Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I enjoyed the book and loved the narration. I have read many great books and some I have failed to appreciate. This is a classic that I have just failed to appreciate a lot. There were parts that made me laugh out loud. I felt that best character development is exemplified in the computer Mike. Not being so far into the future, 2070 or so, one might expect to identify closely with some of the characters. I did not. The story seemed quite implausible and that says a lot given I have read much more phantasmagorical books that even seemed possible some time in the future. With all the criticism, the book was enjoyable. When I started writing this review I gave the book a rating of 4 stars. As I finish it I have concluded that for me it really only ranks 3.
Yes. It is a good story and it creates an interesting world.
Hmm. For some reason it evokes old memories of the Andromeda Strain or Dune, but it has been a long time, and those may not be exactly on point. I see why it won its share of big awards.
Clearly, the main male lead, Mannie. I love the Russian accent. One of may favorite lines was Mannie, when asked by a female if he is rich, he pauses and says "Not wealthy", pause pause, "Not weeping".
If you are trying to knock out various lists of the 100 best fiction books, as am I, read this. It is on some of those lists, and it should be.
I would. As I stated in my title, but narrator does an amazing joo. Of the hundreds upon hundreds of audiobooks I have listened to, this might be the best one yet.
The unusual accent he gives the main character helps the listener to get the feel that the moon is an amalgamation of cultures, races, and people. Manny is truly brought to life by Lloyd, as well as the rest of characters. Each one has a slight;y different feel that grants them their own personality outside of the words tat they are speaking.. Lloyd Games does not over-act or force any of the voices, they seem to flow khi of him.
The story is a great one, especially in today's political climate. Rebellion and revolution and an important and sometimes necessary aspect of life, but is so often forgotten. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress shows how can happen when people come together and stop letting themselves be controlled by tyrants. This theme combined with an incredibly good narrator makes this a must listen.
The story in itself is already a classic, I won't even write about that, there's plenty about it on the Net, just search about it.
But what to say of the narration ? simply A-S-T-O-U-N-D-I-N-G !! The narrator does a fabulous job - he did not cease to amaze me with his prowess doing accents, voice pitches, etc, amazing story to be heard!
The bad thing is: It won't believe a single word of what you hear and listen on the TV news anymore, you'll see and appreciate the machinations behind everything from this point on... thanks to professor De la Paz and the rest of the conspiratory group ;-)
This is the history of how the lunar penal colony - the only prison that didn't need guards - and how it revolted against the combined might of Earth and became a free nation. The recollections of Manuel Garcia O'Kelly tell the story of how the Lunar Authority's computer, who he nicknamed Mike, became self-aware and developed a sense of humor. And how Mike and Manny and Wyoming Knott and Professor Bernado DeLaPaz started the revolution that freed the Moon.
This is Heinlein at his best. A wonderful story, a self-aware computer (remember this was written in early 1960's when computers were huge boxes with less memory than your phone has today), a very recognizable future based on assumptions that still might be possible today, and characters that you can recognize and empathize with.
And it has one of the most plaintive lines in all of science fiction. "Are you listening Bog? Is a computer one of your creatures?"
The narrator is wonderful and is able to capture the essence of a variety of different characters. However, I must pick one little nit. In all the times I read this story (and they are too many to count) I always heard the line "no hu-hu" as sounding like an owl (hoo, hoo). It is always done as laughter in this version (ha ha) and it just didn't seem correct.
You won't find a better science fiction story, so hurry to add this to your library.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
I read this a little ways back and am glad I waited to write the review, as the book has grown on me a bit.
When I first finished the book, I left a little disappointed, but as time has gone on, the story, and the presentation, have stuck with me.
First of all, telling the entire story in first person narrative is really unique. How many novels do you know that are written entirely in first person? Short stories - yes, but novels? Not many.... And it is done so well, that it doesn't wear on you.
Plus the idea of how social anarchy works on the moon and the way in which they pursue their independence - all very unique and creative.
It is also slighly humorous to consider Heinlein's idea of what a "future" computer would be like. There are parts of it that he got right, but other parts are somewhat amusing.
Not only a good read, but a fun, thought-provoking book that definitely earns the title of "classic".
This is one of Heinlein's best short novels. The characters are very real but are taking part in a future event - the revolutionary war to free Luna from the tyranny of Earth. Heinlein's talent to make heros out of ordinary people is just plain fun in this story. The narrator has a very expressive voice and a wide range of accents and ways of speaking that mimics the different characters in a very believable and enjoyable way. A good way to get yourself through the work day!
I thought I had outgrown Heinlein but I loved this book. If you "get" Ayn Rand you will find this story engrossing. However, if your heroes are Jesus or Che Guevara, then you may want to look elsewhere.